They’re long, overacted and not particularly realistic, but Bollywood films might be one of the most colorful aspects of Indian culture. Here are six modern classics to get a taste of masala cinema.
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz
Set in 1970s India, Barfi! follows Murphy Johnson (Kapoor), a deaf-mute with a sweet and charming spirit. Searching for his kidnapped love (Chopra), Barfi gets help from an old flame (D’Cruz) who still has feelings for him.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar
Translating to “you won’t get another life,” this coming-of-age drama is about three inseparable friends on a bachelor party in Spain. Watching the years slip away, the buddies decide to make this trip one to remember before moving on to the next stage in their lives.
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Balal
This bona-fide modern classic stars Shah Rukh Khan as a NASA project manager who must return to his homeland after the death of his parents. Taking place in a rural village, Swades examines the contrast of development and globalization with traditional life in India.
Starring: J.D. Chakravarthy, Manoj Bajpai, Urmila Matondkar, Shefali Shah
A surprise hit, Satya was produced with just 20 million rupees, yet pioneered the genre of Mumbai noir, depicting the darker side of Bollywood through India’s criminal underworld.
Starring: Aamir Khan, Gracy Sigh, Rachel Shelley
Set during the height of the British Raj in the late 1800s, this Oscar nominee depicts a small village in Gujurat, unable to pay their high taxes due to a drought. The ruling British challenge the village to a then-foreign game of cricket, wagering three years of lagaan for the victor.
Om Shanti Om
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone
Several films have tried to depict the Indian film industry, but none were as good as Om Shanti Om, a star-studded Bollywood spectacle with more than 40 cameos by the country’s biggest actors.
It’s 2019 and doing things alone is empowering. Gone are the days when treating yourself to a movie or dinner was looked at as strange or unusual. People are doing things for themselves and not waiting for others to be available. Hop on this train of independence and you’ll be better for it. It’s weird and awkward at first, but so are most things until you decide to dive in head first. After a few times, you’ll look forward to those meals alone. Until then, here are some tips to ease the process.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
The Charles Darwin Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary as a non-profit this year, making it the perfect time to head to the Galapagos Islands.